Turns out the Mannequin Challenge may have appeared on our TV screens long before any of us even knew what the Mannequin Challenge was. (Or even social media for that matter.) A scene from the popular sitcom Friends resurfaced on the interwebs recently that shows America's favorite friends participating in their own little version of the viral internet craze.
In an episode from one of the show's later seasons, the gang is gathered around Ross and Rachel's daughter, Emma, waiting to see her crawl. When Emma won't budge, Rachel says, "Oh, you know what, I think we’re probably distracting her. Let’s everybody be still for just a minute." They all freeze, and then the camera moves to show each of them. MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE.
It really makes you wonder: Did whatever teen that supposedly "invented" the social media craze steal it from Friends? Or is this all just a crazy coincidence? (My money is on coincidence, because Friends is now considered a "vintage" TV show. Maybe the hipster teens have seen it.)
Of course, the best part is when Phoebe enters, joins her friends in standing still and then asks, "Who's painting us?" Though, let's be real, Phoebe is the best part of every scene.
Who would've guessed back in the early 2000s that Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler, and Phoebe would be pioneers for a viral Twitter challenge? Who even knew what Twitter was back then? How fast the world changes.